Human culture had prepped the public for the idea of a hostile alien invasion. We never prepared for one that was benevolent.

I was sick yesterday so couldn’t run, but two Sundays before that, I got to playtest the first session using my Avert the Apocalypse hack, first described in Staying Busy.

This is a continuation of part 1, Deconstructing Doc Smith.

In this part, I’ll be talking about the underlying model of a typical Doc Smith universe, the unfortunate implications or outright problem areas, and how to grapple with them.

Film Crit Hulk writes about “breaking a story”. Rather than constructing a story, the goal is to take a story you’re familiar with, or want to tell, and separate it into its component pieces. So I’m going to attempt to do just that, and try to extract a formula for writing a space opera in the vein of E. E. “Doc” Smith.

Two ideas came together for me this morning: a discussion of the mass graves of London, and the recent victory of AlphaGo over Lee Sedol.

No, really.

Thinking more about the Souls of Steel playtest at GeekGirlCon spurred me to combine two of my anime interests: giant mecha and romantic comedy.

No, seriously.